A great book for wordpress theme design

WordPress Theme Design – Tessa Blakeley Silver
Price 35.99 USD (ebook $27.19)

I bought a book recently after seeing it mentioned in the WP dashboard news items, it’s called WordPress Theme Design by Tessa Blakeley Silver and although a lot of the information regarding the functions of wordpress can be found at the codex, the book gives you so much more like the process gone through to design a theme from scratch.

I do quite a lot of sites in wordpress now and find it much easier to provide a client with a website that can be updated so easily, a few plugins here and there and you can provide a website that does all and more that’s needed.

Usually I get a standard theme and cut it up a bit and change the css to give me my site, or create in photoshop and send off for wordpressing but lately due to some more custom design requests I’ve received and the always dependable mistakes that freelancers can make I have wanted to do the whole thing myself from scratch..

I’ve downloaded a tutorial before about WP theme design from small potato before it was taken over and that was pretty darn useful but was made a little while ago so it wasn’t 2.5 specific.

That’s why I like what Tessa has put her book, it takes you step by step through the process of creating a non-blog wordpress blog, from sketch to WP core code. It’s made a big difference to my initial prototyping of concept sites and has really opened my eyes to what you can do with a bit of manipulation of the wordpress template tags. I’m even working on a magazine style front page for here so I can have a featured post for contests that stays up while it’s open for entries as well as excerpts to the regular posts..

You can buy the book printed or get it as pdf for a bit cheaper (I printed mine out from pdf on someone elses printer lol!) at packet publishing

Packtpublishing is sending me a new book about WordPress For Business Bloggers , they’re offering a deal if you get both books together. Stay tuned for the review of the new book!

40 thoughts on “A great book for wordpress theme design

  1. Bobby Revell

    I’m not really ready for that yet because I’m just learning php. I know html and xhtml fairly well so I decided that php was the next logical choice. I’ve messed around with a little python and java, but am still just a beginner! I want a free pdf version…haha!

  2. Andy Bailey

    nicole: hope you enjoy it, I did

    wiifunfit: :-)

    bobby: actually, this book presents in a way so that you don’t need to know php. I think you’d enjoy it!

  3. Andy Bailey

    Dennis: You don’t really need to know any php for this, it gives you all the code to use for the case study in the book so I’d give it a go if I were you!

  4. Jesse

    Great, i think i buy this book to i used to build my sites from scratch till i discovered wordpress now im just trying and adjusting themes but they are never like you want them to be!

  5. Women

    Thanks Andy for very useful article . i will get this copy
    i am looking for good tutorials for creating cool wordpress themes for my blogs
    it will be very helpful for me since with this book we don’t even need to know php

  6. Louise

    Thanks for the book tip. I’ve been thinking about getting into WP theme development but haven’t taken the plunge up to now. I am currently using the Semiologic Pro theme/system so it’s not very easy to change themes but maybe this book will give me the tools to at least tweak the theme myself.

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  7. Rick NHS

    I too have been creating more and more websites as of late using the WordPress format. I have very little coding knowledge though… would a novice like myself be able to use this book? I’d like to try making my own WP themes…

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  9. Adrian

    Oh man i remember the first time I tried to make a wordpress theme, it took me all day just to figure out that the wordpress loop header.php and footer.php arrangement could not be changed. I of course tried to cram it all into one php file (im a freakin noob) anyway that was a long time ago haha but only if I had this book…..

  10. Andy Bailey

    yeah, it’s a repeat. I wanted to try out some things with keywords.

    what was the other thing? “bah humbug” was it? hehehe all the way down here in the comments you can’t see them :-)

  11. Jon

    Thanks for the review Andy, I’ll have to take a look.

    Talking of magazine themes, I’ve been playing with the Branford Magazine them recently, and liking it. Seems well-designed and very customisable. I’m trying to standardise as I have several sites to build for clients and it’ll be much easier if I use the same underlying theme for all of them! :)

    Cheers, Jon

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  12. Marble Host

    Design has been the most significant thing as long as visitor attraction to the website is concerned. This book is helpful in creating classy designs with little effort whatsoever.

  13. Secret Shopping Girl

    I love wordpress, but my theme has been driving me nuts lately. I mean, I love it, but there are things about it I want to change. I’m totally going to look into that book to see if it will help me out. Thanks for the tip!